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The Black Book of Colors

Embossed drawings in this tactile children's picture book help sighted children to learn about the world of child who are blind.
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Art for our students who are visually impaired

There are many ways in which art activities overlap with the development of literacy skills, including increasing fine motor and tactile abilities, talking & writing about what one has created, working with others, communicating ideas, and more!
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Goodnight Moon to Touch

Goodnight Moon to Touch now has tactile graphics, enabling young children who are blind to enjoy this book along with their sighted peers.
A young girl examines a tactile calendar with her teacher

Tangible Symbols Webcast

This webcast about Tangible Symbols provides an overview of using objects, partial objects, and other symbols with children who are blind or visually impaired with additional disabilities or deafblindness.
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Jeremy's Dreidel

This children's book focuses on a boy who makes a dreidel out of clay, with braille on it for his father who is blind.
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VI Curriculum: Teaching Young Children with Visual Impairments

Ideas and resources for preschool teachers, families and teachers of the blind and visually impaired
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Tactile Book Kits for Our Youngest Readers

Tips to adapt books for young children who are blind or visually impaired

Children's Braille Book Club

Joining the Children's Braille Book Club is a great way to promote braille literacy!
Read braille every day!

Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness (PDRIB)

Braille activities from a beginner's level through contractions, including ideas for tactual toys, braille books, and braille games.
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Seedlings Braille Books for Children

Seedlings is a source of braille books and a wonderful supporter of braille literacy!
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Communication Matrix

Assessment instrument designed for individuals of all ages who function at the earliest stages of communication and who use any form of communication.
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Swail Dot Inverter

Introduce braille students to a stylus using this tool.
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Environmental Adaptations for Preschool Classrooms

5-part video presentation on environmental adaptations for young children who are blind or visually impaired
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Appsolutely Engaging and Educational: Introduction to iPad Apps for Kids with Special Needs

Webinar with strategies, tips and techniques to begin using an iPad with children who are visually impaired with additional disabilities, including those with CVI.
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What Is Emergent Literacy?

Powerpoint presentation providing a comprehensive introduction to Emergent Literacy for infants and toddlers with visual impairments.
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SENSEsational Alphabet Touch Feel Picture Cards

These alphabet cards have braille, sign language, print, and textures.
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Giggly-Wiggly Snickety Snick

Tactile book from APH for beginning readers
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Project SALUTE: Successful Adaptations for Learning to Use Touch Effectively

Results from Project Salute, which was designed to be a resource on tactile learning strategies for working with children who are deafblind or blind with additional disabilities.
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Early Learning: Resources to Improve Early Literacy Practices

Resources from the U.S. government to improve early literacy practices for young children
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ECTA: Early Childhood Technical Assistance

Resources to develop high quality early intervention and preschool special education services

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